Shouting Zeros and Ones

Shouting Zeros and Ones

Digital Technology, Ethics and Policy in New Zealand

‘Understanding how the zeros and ones increasingly influence and control our lives is critical to understanding how we can reciprocate influence and control back onto those zeros and ones.’

This vital book is a call to action: to reduce online harm, to protect the integrity of our digital lives and to uphold democratic participation and inclusion.

A diverse group of contributors reveal the hidden impacts of technology on society and on individuals, exploring policy change and personal action to keep the internet a force for good. These voices arrive at a crucial juncture in our relationship to fast-evolving technologies.


Andrew Chen, Kathy Errington, Anjum Rahman, Tom Barraclough, Curtis Barnes, Tahu Kukutai, Donna Cormack, Chris Cormack, Merrin Macleod, Caleb Moses, Stephen Judd, Briony Blackmore, Anna Pendergrast, Kelly Pendergrast and Serena Chen.

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Print publication:
Ebook publication: Aug 2020
RRP: $14.99
ISBN: 9781988587387
DOI: 10.7810/9781988587387


'NZ ‘underprepared’ for election interference' Laura Walters, Newsroom, 22 September 2020.

'Online voting isn't the be-all and end-all', Stephen Judd, Stuff, 15 September 2020.

'A Facebook election fought on feelings, not facts', Kathy Errington, Sunday Star-Times, 6 September 2020.

'Can we fight online fascism like we fought Covid-19?', Marc Daalder, Newsroom, 4 September 2020.

'What tino rangatiratanga means in a digital world', Bernard Hickey, Newsroom, 1 September 2020.

'Whose data is it anyway?', Tahu Kukutai, Donna Cormack and Chris Cormack, The Spinoff, 21 August 2020.

'‘Download the app, then use it’ leaves too many of us out of contact tracing efforts', Anna and Kelly Pendergrast, The Spinoff, 20 August 2020.

'Shouting Zeros and Ones', Andrew Chen, Tohatoha, 18 August 2020.

'Fear misinformation could hurt Covid response', Andrew Chen, RNZ, The Panel, 17 August 2020 (audio 9'30").

'Anderson's Odyssey #15 - Andrew Chen', Andrew Chen, Anderson's Odyssey, 13 August 2020 (podcast, audio 40').

'Online voting pros and cons', Stephen Judd, RNZ, Nine to Noon, 11 August 2020 (audio 13'26").

'Covid card trial one step in a mysterious direction', Andrew Chen, RNZ, Lately, 10 August 2020 (audio 10'28").

'Q&A: Do we need a minister for misinformation?', Jamie Morton interviews Andrew Chen, New Zealand Herald, 10 August 2020.

'NZ a likely target for foreign interference ahead of the election', Curtis Barnes, TVNZ Q&A, 2 August 2020 (video 9'44").

'On the internet, freedom for some never means freedom for all', Kathy Errington and Anjum Rahman, The Spinoff, 27 July 2020.


'If the publisher hasn't already, we'd recommend sending a copy to everyone who has a chance of being in Parliament following the General Election ... We could really do with some informed debate from our lawmakers on how to tackle digital issues in the next three years.'
Sarah Putt, Computerworld, 14 August 2020.

'Contributors offer a discussion about really fascinating subjects ... this is another great pocket-sized dose of New Zealand from BWB.'
Sarah Rennie, RadioActiveFM, Vic Books for Breakfast, 14 August 2020.